Allen County set another grim record Thursday – 152 more residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, a new daily high, local health officials said.
Indiana also broke records with 2,880 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 155,246 following corrections to the previous day's dashboard, state health officials said. Indiana's death toll increased by 42 for a total of 3,831.
Allen County has 8,169 total cases and 224 deaths, according to the Allen County Department of Health.
The county's previous daily COVID-19 record was set Oct. 16 with 138 new cases.
Indiana bishops responded to the rising number of cases Thursday by extending the dispensation from Catholics' obligation to attend Mass until further notice. It was to expire Nov. 1.
“The Indiana bishops will continue to monitor the situation to determine when it might be advisable to modify or lift the dispensation,” according to a statement from the Catholic bishops of the Province of Indianapolis.
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter said at a news conference Wednesday the increases coincided with Labor Day and Indiana's return last month to Stage 5, which essentially lifted all restrictions except a statewide mask order.
Sutter and other local leaders Wednesday stressed the importance of face masks, hand-washing and social distancing to mitigate the virus's spread.
Health officials in DeKalb County continue to include such advice in its coronavirus updates.
The DeKalb County Health Department on Thursday reported 13 new cases, including eight people recovering at home and a 79-year-old who is hospitalized. Two children, ages 7 and 12, were among those diagnosed.
DeKalb County has a total of 736 cases and 16 deaths.
“Keeping schools, restaurants and businesses open necessitates all of us teaming up and masking up,” the DeKalb officials said in a news release Thursday. “Lives can be saved and hospitalizations reduced through community teamwork.”
At a glance
New cases in area counties (with totals in parentheses):
Adams: 3 (483)
Allen: 152 (8,169)
DeKalb: 13 (736)
Huntington: 11 (390)
Kosciusko: 35 (1,826)
LaGrange: 20 (801)
Noble: 18 (1,159)
Steuben: 12 (627)
Wabash: 9 (411)
Wells: 8 (428)
Whitley: 12 (455)
Sources: Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County Department of Health, DeKalb County Health Department